Christmas is still a couple of months away, but if you’re planning to host a party for your friends and family, then it’s important that you start planning the details. Doing so now will enable you to get all the supplies you need together slowly, and also ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible when the big night comes! Below, we’ve put together a cheat sheet so you can plan the perfect festive party.
Where, When, Who
To begin with, let’s think about the all-important logistical issues. That means thinking about where you’ll host the party, when you’ll have it, and who will be on the guest list. If you have a home, then that’s the obvious choice, though don’t discount hiring a venue. The when will be your biggest headache because the weeks leading up to Christmas are among the busiest of the year. People will have work parties, family get-togethers, and so on that, they’ve been invited to, so get the date locked in as soon as possible to ensure you get as many attendees as possible. And who? Why anyone and everyone of course! Though you will need to decide whether children are invited or not.
The Good Stuff
With the essential details arranged, it’s time to start thinking about the important stuff: the food and drinks you’ll serve! When it comes to food, you’ll want to decide between a full-on meal or just snacky, optional food. A sit-down meal can disrupt the flow of a party and is usually more trouble than it’s worth. Instead, make a big pot of chili and let people help themselves. You’ll also want to have all the usual party foods available, too. When it comes to alcohol, have a good supply of wine, beers, and soft drinks, as well as a few surprise options, such as Japanese Kikori whiskey. If they’re well-fed, well-watered, and can dance to Christmas music, people will have a great time!
Hey, this is Christmas remember! And as such, you’ll want to turn your home into a version of Santa’s grotto. Head to the store and fill your basket with Christmas decorations. You won’t want to get your Christmas tree up just yet (it’s far too early), but it’ll be up by the time the party swings around. Finally, start adding Christmas songs to a festive Spotify playlist now; in two months, you’ll have enough to keep the festive fun going all night long.
Where People Can Stay
Finally, it’s important you keep in mind how people will get home. If people live nearby then it’s no worry; they can get a taxi. But if you have friends and family visiting from far away, you might want to consider hosting them for the night. Failing that, point them in the direction of a cheap and cheerful nearby hotel.